Manchester Man Pleads Guilty To Methamphetimine Trafficking And Firearm Charges
Patrick R. Baker, 32, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 23, 2020, Hooksett police officers were surveilling a local motel generally associated with drug use and distribution. After an encounter with Baker, an additional investigation revealed that Baker’s girlfriend was the subject of several outstanding warrants and was likely inside the motel with Baker. Officers went to the motel room and located Baker and his girlfriend. Baker was located in the bathroom where officers observed evidence of drug use in plain view. The room was secured and officers obtained a search warrant. While executing the warrant, officers seized Baker’s wallet and ID as well as a backpack belonging to Baker which contained a ledger consistent with drug activity, $1,951 in cash, a loaded 9mm handgun, and various baggies containing 112 grams of methamphetamine.
Baker is scheduled to be sentenced on June 22, 2022. In addition to his sentence, Baker will forfeit $1,951 in cash and the handgun.
“Armed drug traffickers pose a substantial threat to our community,” said U.S. Attorney Farley. “By selling a dangerous and addictive drug while armed, this defendant’s actions endangered public health and safety. We are working closely with our law enforcement partners to prevent violent crime by holding armed drug dealers responsible for their dangerous and illegal conduct.”
This matter was investigated by the Hooksett Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. Barth. The forfeiture portion of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Rabuck.